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Trail Report January 3, 2009
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Cascade River State Park / Lutsen Area
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A Day of Snowmobiling and Great Food

We launched from the trailhead in Cascade River State Park 1 mile west of Cascade Lodge off of HWY 61 in Lutsen @1pm. This is a large parking area with plenty of room for trucks with 4 place trailers. The wind was howling and snow was really starting to pile up when we reached the turn off into the trailhead and onto the Deer Trail. We headed north on the Deer Trail to the Muehlberg Trail. Today we wanted to cover all of the Lutsen area snowmobile trails east of Lutsen MTN Ski Area, including the North Shore State Trail. We've heard the trails were in bad shape. We found all trails were groomed and in very nice shape.

Lutsen Snowmobile Trails

Though we found no maps in the map boxes at kiosks, and the maps that were supposed to be displayed at trail kiosks were; outdated, missing or ripped in half... so make sure you always have a current trail map with each person in your group. Maps are available at fuel stations and visitor centers. We really appreciated that there were trail signs along the trails with the trail name on them... we also thought the area where the; Beaver Trail, Caribou Trail and the Lutsen Access converge to be difficult to decipher. Someone needs to get out there and replace the old maps on the kiosks and get some maps in the map boxes. 

Lutsen Snowmobile Trails

From the Muehlberg Trail we rode the remaining leg of the Deer Trail and then over to the Caribou Snowmobile Trail which runs along the Caribou Trail / County Road 4 and then onto the Beaver Trail. On the Beaver Trail there is a shelter we stopped at and took a break.

Lutsen Snowmobile Trails

Log shelter on the Beaver Trail is right next to the trail, so you won't miss it.

Lutsen Snowmobile Trails

Log shelter faces south towards Lake Superior which you can normally see, but today we were lucky to see 100Ft in front of us since we were riding in a winter storm.

Lutsen Snowmobile Trails

Inside the log shelter there is a memorial plaque for the first president and first wife of the Lutsen Trailbreakers Snowmobile Club.

After our break and enjoying being out of the howling wind and snow in the log shelter we headed west on the Beaver Trail to the Lutsen Access Trail, which goes down to the Lutsen downtown area where there are; fuel stations, Moon Dance Coffee Shop, and convenience stores. This trail also connects to the Fox Trail and heads west to Lutsen Resort, Lutsen Sea Villas and onto the local trails in Tofte and Schroeder and back up to the North Shore State Trail. From the Lutsen Access Trail we hit the Mountain Access Trail which connects with the Lutsen Ski Hill Road / County Road 5, on the Cook County Snowmobile Club Map it is mismarked "County Road 36" ... from this trail we headed about 3/4 of mile north along the road side to Papa Charlie's. It was 5pm, and the Arizona Cardinals and the Atlanta Falcons were wrapping up a game on the BIG SCREEN TV! See image below of the big screen...

Papa Charlie's Lutsen Minnesota--------------------------------------------------------------------------

Resources for planning snowmobile trip to the Cascade River State Park area;

Trailhead address is 3871 W HWY 61 Lutsen and is located between mile marker 98 and 99.

Nearest lodging and restaurants are; Cascade Lodge and Restaurant and Lutsen Resort and Dining and the above mentioned dining. Fuel; downtown Lutsen and downtown Grand Marais.

Cascade Lodge Lutsen Minnesota
Cascade Lodge
Lutsen, Minnesota
Lutsen Resort Lutsen Minnesota
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on Lake Superior

See Option M or K for planning this route.  Report by Chad Jones / Editor snowmobiletrails.com - Grand Marais, Minnesota. Send your report to us!

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